Re: of "Made in America"

Postby Almo50 » December 9th, 2012, 1:54 pm

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Scott Bennett wrote:Once everything is automated, it won't matter where you put your factory.

This is the future of local manufacturing.

Re: of "Made in America"

Postby 6ix » December 9th, 2012, 2:37 pm

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Interesting discussion. After I received funding for Cerevellum, I put a lot of thought into actually building the Hindsight in South Carolina since all of the development was being done here. There were a lot of incentives too. The plan was to mold the enclosure state-side but have all of the internal electronics constructed overseas and then shipped here for final assembly, packaging, QC, etc. While we may look into doing this in the future, it just didn't make financial sense at the time when taking things like logistics in mind. Duties between countries for various components, shipping costs, etc. And the fact that the majority of the product was already being manufactured overseas...well, it just made things significantly more complicated. Considering our limited resources, it really wasn't possible.

Now, keep in mind, this is for a product that comes in a box the same size as a Nintendo DS. Shipping charges are very minimal and the units can be flown in rather than spending a month on the water, tucked away in some shipping container. When the product gets too big to offset shipping costs (say, for instance, a kayak), then domestic manufacturing starts to make sense.

Not really sure what my point is. I don't have one other than to say America needs to put focus on advanced research and development rather than trying to be a manufacturing state.

Re: of "Made in America"

Postby yo » December 10th, 2012, 12:35 am

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Just read that Honda plans to EXPORT more cars made in the US to other countries than it will import into the US. That is pretty interesting. ... ports-fro/

Re: of "Made in America"

Postby Mr-914 » December 10th, 2012, 8:20 am

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Exchange rates help. 2004-2008, $1US = 110-120 yen. Today it is $1US = 80 yen and falling.

2008, $1US = 7.5 RMB
Today, $1US = 6.25 RMB
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Re: of "Made in America"

Postby no_spec » December 10th, 2012, 8:59 am

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A long article in the Atlantic on insoucing. It's largely focused on GE Appliances who, unlike Apple, have no chance of building a "lights out" factory.
But shipping a giant box of mostly air (like a frig or dishwasher) across the Pacific will increasingly make no sence at all. They talk about speed to innovation and owning/controlling IP, but I got to believe it's all about the $ of labor+shipping.
With half the states passing "right to work" laws to bust up unions, I forsee a lot more on-site ID happening here in the US.


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